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Master in Public Health: Health Management and Policy

The vision of the Division of Public Administration’s Programs in Health Management is to be a leader in health management and policy education and be widely recognized for our contributions to the health community though a dynamic, innovative and rigorous curriculum. The Public Health: Health Management and Policy program is offered at Portland State University.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $671 per credit
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)


The Programs in Health Management and Policy at Portland State University build upon the mission of the Division of Public Administration, translating the broader domain of public service into the specific context of health management and policy. The Programs prepare current and future health leaders with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed for progressively responsible careers in health systems management across a range of institutional settings including hospitals, health systems, government, research, advocacy, and nonprofit community-based organizations.

What are the core competencies for the MPH:HMP?

The Public Health: Health Management and Policy program is designed to be academically rigorous, intellectually challenging, and personally rewarding. Each student accepted into the program is assigned to one of our committed faculty who serves as both advisor and mentor. The faculty-student partnership will help ensure that program competencies are met for each student. The program competencies are as follows:

  • Articulate and exemplify the ethics, values, responsibilities, obligations and social roles of a member of the health services administration profession.
  • Identify and apply relevant theories and frameworks to the practice of health services leadership, management and policy.
  • Respond to and engage collaboratively with diverse local and global cultures and communities to address challenges in the interests of population health.
  • Identify and engage with the key elements of the health policy process.
  • Employ appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques to investigate, monitor and manage resource use.
  • Create and manage systems and processes to assess and improve organizational performance.
  • Conceptualize, analyze, and develop creative and collaborative solutions to challenges in health services leadership, management and policy.
  • Assess challenges and explore solutions to advance cross-sectoral and inter-jurisdictional cooperation in health programs and services.
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills as a health services professional and through interpersonal interactions in groups and in society.
  • Think critically and self-reflectively about emerging issues concerning health services leadership, management and policy.

Courses Included

  • Epidemiology 
  • Introduction to Biostatistics 
  • Principles of Health Behavior 
  • Concepts of Environmental Health 
  • Health Systems Organization 
  • Organizational Behavior in Health Services Organizations
  • Health Policy
  • Values and Ethics in Health
  • Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Health Care Law and Regulation
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Financial Management of Health Services
  • Program Evaluation and Management in Health Services